Video: Former Criminalist Explores the Future of Scene Documentation Technology

Ken Jones describes how digital twins of crime scenes can aid investigators.

One of the most important aspects of an investigation is the accurate reconstruction of the crime scene. Traditionally, photographs and videos have been the primary means of capturing and preserving a scene, but these have limitations when it comes to providing investigators with an intuitive positional awareness of the location.

Ken Jones, training manager for Leica Geosystems’ Public Safety Group, explains how laser scanning can solve this issue. With laser scanning, investigators and forensic specialists can create a detailed digital twin of a crime scene. The 3D point cloud can then be viewed and navigated from any angle, presenting investigators and juries with a positional awareness of the scene that can be used to reconstruct events as well as filter the truth of suspect and witness statements.

With the latest user-friendly laser scanners and point cloud processing software, even investigators who lack a technical background can still easily create digital models that can be shared, viewed, and analyzed for a more informed justice system. 

Watch the video to learn more.

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